I’ve lived in Greenwich for more than a decade now. Like many New York couples, my husband and I moved to the suburbs when we were ready to start a family. When we were looking to move to the suburbs, we did a wide search, we considered New Jersey, Westchester and Fairfield County. We ultimately fell in love with Greenwich. There are many reason to love Greenwich. For those of you looking to move out of New York City and into the suburbs, chances are you are considering homes in Westchester County. However, don’t forget to add Greenwich to your list. Here are 10 reasons to move to Greenwich, Connecticut.
Low Property Taxes
Greenwich Real Estate taxes is considerably lower than neighboring Westchester. In fact, Greenwich real estate taxes is considered one of the lowest in Fairfield County. Compared to other Fairfield County towns, Greenwich has low mill rates. And compared to Westchester County taxes, there is a big gap in taxes. As an example, if you compare property taxes of $1.0 Million homes in Scarsdale, NY to Greenwich. Greenwich property taxes is significantly lower. The real estate tax for a $1.0 million home in Greenwich ranges between $7,500-$9,500 per year while property taxes for a $1.0 million home in Scarsdale ranges between $23,500-$30,000. The difference is significant!
Want to know how Connecticut Property Taxes are calculated. Check out our article: How to Calculate Property Taxes in Greenwich.
Greenwich to New York commute is not as long as you think
Greenwich is not as far as you think. Greenwich to New York Grand Central is only 45 minutes on the Metro-North express trains. What I like about Greenwich is that the Greenwich Metro-North station is an express stop, so you can catch express trains out of Greenwich. Plus Greenwich has 4 Metro-North train stations (Old Greenwich, Greenwich, Riverside and Cos Cob), so wherever you live in Greenwich, you are never far from a station. If you prefer to drive, it is only 1 hour and 7 minutes drive from Downtown Greenwich to Midtown Manhattan. It’s an easy drive down I-95 South. Or if you prefer, you can easily take an Uber into the city.
One of the main reasons why I love Greenwich are the beaches. Greenwich residents have access to two beaches and two islands! These beaches and islands are private beaches for Greenwich residents so they are never crowded! Non-residents can buy day passes to get into these beaches but the ticket prices are high and there are limited hours and locations to buy these passes so the beaches are usually only frequented by Greenwich residents.
Greenwich Point Park (Tod’s Point) boasts sandy beaches, walking and biking trails, Community Sailing and the Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center. In the summer months, we spend our weekends at the beach. I love to see the kids play with other kids at the beach, catching hermit crabs, building sandcastles, running to the concession stand for ice cream. I also love that I will usually bump into someone I know- a neighbor, parents from school or someone I know from town. It’s one big playdate for everyone! Even on weekdays, it is common to see families enjoying the beach with a picnic dinner or dinner at the patio overlooking Long Island Sound. (I love seeing the dads in their business casual attire, join their families at the beach for pizza dinner at the beach.) There are also a lot of educational programs offered at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center at Tod’s Point (conveniently located a few steps away from the concession stand!) There is a touch tank and there are daily fish feeding, fish seining activities. My kids love fish seining and learning about the type of fish that they caught.
Byram Beach is another Greenwich beach located in Byram. It is smaller than Tod’s Point but it’s a great place to go if you want to swim in the town pool. The town just built a beautiful town pool overlooking Byram Beach. The $6.8 million project was funded by the town and the Junior League of Greenwich. The facility consists of two pools (kiddie and a zero-entry lap pool), a splash pad, a concession stand, brand new bathrooms and locker. There is also a brand new playground at Byram Beach.
Greenwich residents also have access via ferry to two private islands- Great Captain Island and Island Beach. I love taking the ferry to Island Beach. The experience always feels like you are going on a mini-vacation. If you are outdoorsy, you will like that you can get overnight camping permits at these private islands. Often times, a group of families apply for overnight camping permit together and they spend the night camping. It is old-fashioned fun and always a blast!
Greenwich Public schools are highly regarded. The district has 11 elementary schools (4 of these schools are magnet schools), 3 middle schools (1 magnet Middle School) and 1 high school. The Greenwich Public School district is often highly rated. Greenwich is also home to some of the top private schools in the country. These schools include Greenwich Academy, Brunswick School, Whitby and Greenwich Country Day School. And it is in close proximity to one of the best private schools in the country, Rye Country Day School. Plus, for a town of only 60,000 people, Greenwich residents have many preschools to choose from. Greenwich is home to Mencius Mandarin Preschool, the only Chinese Language Immersion Preschool in Fairfield County.
If you are looking into preschools in Greenwich. Check out my Insider’s Guide to Greenwich Preschools.
Great Place to Raise Kids
When you move to Greenwich, you will never get bored! If you let it, your days will be full of activities. There is always something to do in Greenwich. You will find a lot of programs and activities for families. The town offers many recreational sports. My kids learned to ice skate through the town’s Ice Skating clinics at the Dorothy Hamill Rink in Byram (Greenwich has its own indoor ice skating rink!) In the spring, my kids participate in the town softball and baseball programs. There are field hockey programs, basketball, fencing, dance, soccer- something for every kid! There is no shortage of things to do.
On the weekends, there is usually a family event to attend. One of my favorites is the Greenwich Reindeer Festival where kids can visit Santa and his reindeers (the bring in real-life reindeers).
In the summer, there are a plethora of summer camp options for kids. The Sand Piper beach camp is a favorite where kids spend lazy summer days at the beach doing activities such as nature walk, crabbing and old fashioned arts and crafts. There is also a good Music, Art and Dance camp offered by the town at Greenwich High School. Plus the town offers Kamp Kairphree, which is your traditional full-day summer camp program. The best part is these camps are a great value! There are also a lot of private summer camp offerings around town.
If you have older kids, Greenwich has its very own Skate Park where kids can come with their skateboard, scooters, BMX bikes and spend a few hours perfecting their tricks and having fun. The Arch Street Teen Center is also a popular spot for older kids.
Award Winning Libraries
Greenwich has four libraries with an extensive collection of books, DVDs, CDs and artworks. I love borrowing kindle books and audio books from the library. Each of these libraries run their own children’s programs ranging from Baby Lapsit to Spanish Read-Aloud to Lego Playtime. If you have young children, you can definitely fill up your days attending library programs. The best part is all of the library programs are free! I remember taking my kids to baby lapsit programs at the library and meeting other new moms in town. I remember going to Lego Playtime where my kids build lego creations that they can bring home! We also attended a lot of Spanish read-aloud classes and Chinese read-aloud classes. There are also free children’s programs during vacation weeks. And the library is not only for kids, adults can enjoy free lectures, free Friday night movies, Meet the author evenings and free concerts at the library. It’s amazing the caliber of speakers and authors that come to the library!
Lots of Recreation
Aside from the beaches, residents have access to a golf course, indoor ice skating rink, tennis courts, skate park, paddle courts, playgrounds and parks. Greenwich is also home to local museums such as the Greenwich Audubon Center, the Bruce Museum, Greenwich Botanical Center and the Bush Holly House Museum. Plus Greenwich is home to many private country clubs. The best part is the facilities are clean and well-maintained. The beaches are never crowded, the playgrounds are clean, even public ice skating sessions are never crowded!
Are you looking into Country Clubs in Greenwich? We asked members to give us the inside scoop. Check out our article: Insider’s Guide to Country Clubs in Greenwich, CT
Lots of Restaurants
Greenwich is home to a wide range of cuisine types- whether you are craving Thai food, Italian, Tapas or crepes, there is something for you. There are restaurants in downtown Greenwich, on Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich and along Putnam Avenue (Route 1). There are quick-service restaurants such as Nantucket’s Something Natural to Cava to Asian chains like Tengda to fine dining establishments such as Thomas Henkelmann. In addition to local restaurants, Greenwich is a few minutes from Port Chester, NY and Stamford, CT which offers a wide variety of restaurants.
Are you looking for restaurant recommendations in Greenwich? We asked local Greenwich residents for their favorite restaurants. Here are the 15 Most Recommended Restaurants in Greenwich, CT
You don’t have to drive to Manhattan to Shop
I love that many of the stores I go to in the city are also in Greenwich! Why shop in Manhattan, when you can shop on Greenwich Avenue? Greenwich Avenue is lined with shops that you typically find in Manhattan There is a Hermes store on Greenwich Avenue, 4 different Saks 5th Avenue stores (main store, shoes, contemporary and jewelry) and boutique stores ranging from Theory to Lilly Pulitzer to Lululemon. And compared to New York, sales taxes are lower in Connecticut. Every year, the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce organizes a sidewalk sale in July where there are unbelievable deals. It is such a popular event that Westchester and other Fairfield County residents shop the Greenwich Sidewalk Sale. Greenwich is also home to several Manhattan food store chains. You will find Citarella and Balducci’s on Putnam Avenue and Fairway Stamford is a quick 10-minute drive away.
Greenwich Town Party
Every summer, residents attend the Greenwich Town Party. It is so popular that tickets sell-out within minutes. The town party is a full-day event with bands, children’s activities, and food trucks. Past headliners have included Earth Wind and Fire, Hall and Oates, Steely Dan and Eric Clapton.
I’ve lived in Greenwich for over a decade now and I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather live in. I love how it’s a big enough town for you to meet like-minded people, yet still small enough for you to bump into people at Whole Foods or at the beach. Plus, every time I’m at the beach, I’m still pinching myself at how amazing it is that I live so close to the beach and yet can still be in the city in 45 minutes! It’s such a great lifestyle! If you are still on the fence about moving to Greenwich, CT. Don’t be…it is a great place to live.
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